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Top 5 VoIP Apps on Android

Best ways to chat for cheap on Android

It's good to talk, as Bob Hoskins used to say. But, perhaps not when you're being charged £1.50 / minute for an overseas call.

There is a solution to expensive calls for Android users, though. They're called VoIP apps. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), essentially, means using your internet connection to make calls rather than your mobile network.

It's cheap (provided you use wi-fi), easy to set up, and often allows you to make video calls, too. Here, then, are the Top 5 VoIP Apps on Android.

Time for a good old natter.

With Tango installed on your blower, you can place free voice and video calls to other Tango users, plus send text, picture, and audio messages. It works across platforms, too, so it's not just your Android-owning friends you'll be jabbering away to.
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7.9
Nimbuzz offers the same functionality as Skype and Tango, providing free voice, video, and text chat. It also allows you to connect to your other IM accounts, including Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Yahoo! Messenger, and Live Messenger.
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7.6
The daddy of VoIP. The Skype name has become synonymous with placing calls over the internet. The Android Skype app is pretty nifty, too, granting you full access to your Skype account and permitting voice, video, and text communication. It also lets you call landlines using Skype credit.
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7.6
Viber allows you to text and call using your data plan rather than your network allowance. Like the others on this list, if you're on wi-fi, you won't be charged at all. Viber's intuitive interface lets you respond to texts without having to enter the app, as well as to place calls from your regular contact list. The app's also noteworthy for its excellent sound quality during calls.
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7.0
All of these services are, essentially, pretty similar, so they have to distinguish themselves through interface, accessibility, or presentation. Fring does facilitate the usual mix of video, audio, and text communications, but it also lets you connect using your phone number rather than having to sign up for a bespoke account.
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6.7
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